posted on January 11, 2018
Union Fitness is built on a community. So anytime Union can contribute back, we will. A friend of the Pittsburgh fitness community unfortunately was diagnosed with cancer. After brainstorming some ideas UF decided that the most effective way to raise money is do what we do best, share our knowledge and passion of lifting.
The seminar was an absolute success. We had fifteen attendees that were curious about the art of benching and deadlifting. People were overly generous with their time and monetary commitments and it gave the #powerthroughcancer series a great jump start. The seminar was split into two sections. The first section of the seminar went over proper bench press technique and the second section was deadlifts. In each section Casey and Yessica first went over main technique points followed by letting the people perform the exercise. While performing the exercise Casey and Yessica walked around to give specific cues for the athlete’s needs. Some of the cues that Yessica and Casey went over for the bench press were to externally rotate your hands, drive your legs and keep your back as tight as possible. You could tell from the look on each of the athletes faces that there was some confusion in the cues but each person was determined to work on the technique. After some reptitions, more people started to understand what each cue meant and the confusion soon changed to excitement. After grabbing lunch at the Federal Galley we headed back for the deadlift session. This is where the intensity picked up. AC/DC started blasting while a fog of chalk filled the room. Casey and Yessica went over important cues such as keep your hips down, drive your feet into the ground and keep your chest up during the lift by flexing your triceps. After the cues were said people started putting on the plates. One of the athletes decided to go for a Personal Record and ended up hitting 4 reps instead of one! Overall the seminar went very smoothly with people walking away feeling good from the new personal records and the feeling of helping a friend.
This seminar is a great example how here at Union fitness is able to bring people together to help other people in the community. Casey and Yessica plan to continue doing these seminars every weekend this month to help further raise more money. The next seminar will be at Arsenal Strength on Sunday January 14 at 9 am.